Julie & Jared wedding Portrait at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland IndianaJulie & Jared pose for a wedding portrait in front of their Christmas light ceremony backdrop. I used a Photek 60" Softlighter II Umbrella as my main light on the left, a Westcott 7' White Parabolic Umbrella to the right of the camera to provide just a little bit of fill and one light near each bouquet pointed back towards the camera. 1/200 f5.6 ISO 400.
As a wedding photographer sometimes you get lucky, sometimes its the weather, sometimes its the venue and sometimes its the couple. This time in Northwest Indiana, I got all three! On a warm winter day Jared & Julie were married at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana.
The Northwest Indiana Social Center was magnificently decorated by the couple, and I really enjoyed their Christmas light wedding backdrop choice. There is just something about a series of lights that really make a wedding photographer happy, especially with this background where each light you see above is larger than the standard light.
I photographed the wedding with fellow Northwest Indiana wedding photographer Tasos Katopodis. I love how we work together to provide couples wedding photography that fully represents their special day!
After getting ready, the couple wanted to have a first-look at the Northwest Indiana home of a relative where Julie got ready. Jared had never seen her wedding dress before, which made the moment all the more special.
Prior to the ceremony we went to the Carmelite Fathers Shrines in Munster, Indiana for a portrait session. The unique stone environment combined with the low afternoon sun made for some great wedding photos.
Julie and Jared pose for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, IndianaJulie and Jared kiss as they pose for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, Indiana. I lit this photo with a Profoto D1 air and 46" Photek Softlighter II. 1/125 f4.5 ISO 200
Wedding photographer portrait of Jared & Julie at the Carmelite Fathers shrine in Munster, IndianaJulie and Jared smile while posing for a wedding portrait at the Carmelite Fathers Shrine in Munster, Indiana. I lit this photo with a Profoto D1 Air 500 and 46" Photek Softlighter II. 1/200 f8 ISO 160
I used four flashes to light each corner of the dance floor which was also the ceremony space. When the ceremony was happening, I turned down the flashes behind me so the couple would be more side lit and properly exposed when they made their triumphant exit.
For the image below I made a game time decision to shoot available light, as sometimes I feel it helps to retain the realness of the moment.
I decided to stick a single light under the chair of a wedding guest to rim light the couple during their first dance. Jared & Julie's Wedding Reception in Highland, IndianaJulie and Jared share their first dance during their wedding at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. 1/125 f14 ISO 2000
I photographed the wedding with a Canon 5D Mark III and I used Profoto D1 monolights for all of the photos.